Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

Marla Ahlgrimm | Retired Pharmacist | Leading Expert in Women's Health

Marla Ahlgrimm: The Problem With Antifungal Resistance

Marla AhlgrimmYeast infections are a fact of life for more than 75 percent of women. Marla Ahlgrimm says that overaggressive treatment may be making them worse in the long-term as the human body learns to resist certain antifungal medications.

We all know that taking too many antibiotics can make them less effective. But now research suggests that women who experience regular yeast infections may become less able to heal when using azoles, a type of antifungal medications commonly used to treat this troublesome condition.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, azoles are usually the go-to first line of defense against vaginal infections. However, over-use has created an epidemic of resistance, leaving women at the mercy of stronger medications with potentially unwelcomed side effects. That’s assuming the body responds to treatment at all.

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Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm Recommends “Scheduling” PMS to Manage Symptoms

Marla AhlgrimmWomen maintain their Google calendars and iPhones with important dates and occasions: checkups, project timelines, vacations, meetings, presentations or birthdays. For women who suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) symptoms, some carefully considered advance planning has also been shown to help, notes pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm. Here, Ms. Ahlgrimm presents advice on how to overcome the obstacle of PMS symptoms and potentially live a better life.

The first step in scheduling PMS is to create a menstrual calendar, according to Marla Ahlgrimm. By keeping a daily account of symptoms, a woman can anticipate changes in her cycle and prepare for them. The understanding of when these symptoms may occur is empowering and allows the woman to feel some sense of control. Keeping a journal of her activities offers insight and information that can ease the troubling symptoms that often happen. Exercise routines, meals and snacks, and work responsibilities should all be included on this document, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Continue reading